tv President Trump Turkish President Erdogan Joint News Conference CSPAN November 13, 2019 4:13pm-4:31pm EST
themselves and i'm confident that they will. thank you. >> why move to table the motion on the subpoena? >> and in just a minute we're going to live to where the president and in just a minute, we'll go live to the white house. president trump: thank you very much all for being here, i've gotten to be very familiar with all of you, you're doing a fantastic job for the people of turkey. i continue to look forward to finding a common ground, common purpose and advance the vital interests of our people and the
abiding friendship between our nations. we have a great relationship, both personally and with the great country of turkey and we look forward to moving that even d and making it an better friendship. thank you. >> president, my dear friend, distinguished ministers, secretaries, distinguished members of the press, i would like to at the outset salute you with my most heart felt emotions on behalf of myself and my nation. first and foremost, i would like to thank my dear friend, president trump, and the first lady of the united states for being such gracious hosts today we've managed to comprehensively discuss all the issues in our agendas with mr. president all throughout the day and the discussions were very sincere.
we all agree that we need to further our cooperation and that american relations should be constructed on a strong and healthy foundation. we should remain resolved in order to open a new chapter in our relations which are deeply rooted alliance. we have reciprocally stated our will to fight terrorist organizations imposing a clear and present danger on our national security. we have especially underlined the significance of fighting against daesh in a sustained fashion especially in theafter math of the death of baghdadi. we have detained several prisoners trying to flee the prisons in syria and come to turkey and we currently have more than 200 daesh leader who
have been incarcerated. and with the operation peace spring initiated on october 9, turkey took another step forward in fighting terrorism in a very resolute fashion. our country, with this blew a very significant impact on the terrorist organizations. in order to further strengthen our cooperation with syria, we believe we have obtaineding acant moment up with our october 7 agreement or memorandum. in order to harm this memorandum, p.k.k. and y.p.g. are attacking our soldiers and civilians in a proinvolvetive fashion. more than 19 attacks and harassing shots took place. and at the beginning of to month, a bomb was placed, an
explosive device was placed in an outdoor market and as a result of the explosion, 13 civilian lives were lost. despite all these developments, have the sustained -- we are renewing our agreement with the united states. some circles were empathetic toward these terrorist organizations areup set and disturb and are using this information to cloud the understanding of this epublic opinion and that perception with the eventual gain or goal of harming our relations. and some historical developments and allegations are abused to dynamite our reciprocal and bilateral relations. especially in the house of representatives amongst the resolutions that were passed on october 29 served this very purpose and hurt the turkish nation and they have a potential
of casting a deep shadow over our bilateral relations. i shared this information with mr. president. the decisionmakers in an incident ta took place about 104 years ago should not be politicians but historians. we have nothing hide and we have a sull -- full self-esteem in this regard. but we are on the side of dialogue and open discussion and debate. and we have voiced our proposals to the armenian party to open the archives reciprocally and stablish a history commission. i believe the senate will take this -- take the united states out of this vicious cycle which happens as a result of the resolution of the house of representatives. turkey and the united states stand side-by-side in order to fully eradicate daesh and in order to bring peace and
stability to syria once and for all and for this purpose we should keep our workings together. turkey remains or it should be the most reliable partner of the united states in this region to achieve these targets. we are the only nato ally as turkey who has fought daesh in a very resolved fashion. we have detained 7,6 0 foreign fighters and sent them back to their countries of origin and we banned entry to 7,700 individuals who are considered to be associated with daesh. n our prisons, 1,216 daesh members are incarcerated from 40 different countries. e have quite recently detained 287 individuals who have fled the prisons that p.k.k. and
y.p.g. used to control. our country is being showcased as the target and the organization caused 304 civilians to die against which we are going to keep on fighting. and it's very fortunate understand that the foreign fighters should be by the countries of origin. we have the same understanding with president trump in order to convince the country gin to do this. distinguished ladies and gentlemen, we have a borderline with 911 kilometers with syria. and when the war broke out nine years ago we were the ones at the forefront impacted heavily and maybe the most. currently we have three million syrian refugees and a total of more than four million refugees. and we have spent about $40 billion, even beyond that, for these refugees in our country.
nd so far, you are only sent three billion euros despite a higher pledge. through our n.g.o.'s. d we are providing sustained humanitarian aid to more than three million people living on the syrian territory. back in 2015, at the g-20 summit, i launched an appeal, but because of the delay, tens of thousands of civilian lives were lost. this problem cannot continue forever and ever. previously with our operation euphrates shield an operation olive branch we have managed to clear an area of 4,000 square kilometers of terrorist prisons and i -- persons and if we were to do -- it is important to realize our goals.
through these operations veff get hundred os sifferians back thire homeland and thanks to operation peace spring we have secured many towns and villages and the rightful settlers are going back. we have share our projects with president trump and our several planners in safe zone and with the support of the united nations and the international community we can repay treeuate many more syrian refugees in the northern part of sir yasm we're talking about an area 444 kilometers in length and 32 kilometers in depth. one million people can be repatriated and one million more individuals can be repatriated for a total of two million to be
repatriated. ladies and gentlemen as you know, the terrorist organization attempted to destroy the constitutional order of turkey with a failed coup attempt. it is a terrorist organization behind this failed coup. they have killed 251 individuals, harming 2,193 citizens and they have even ared to bomb our parliament. we have once again adjusted our expectations to once and for all eradicate such a presence here. and we have also discussed with president trump how to achieve the $100 billion trade volume threshold as soon as possible. we believe we should not confuse political incidents with commerce-related aspirations. and our secretaries of commerce
re interested in achieving the $100 billion threshold. we often say we will shy away from certain measures which will make it much more challenging for us to reach these targets and we have also quite naturally discussed our deep rooted relations in the defense industry. we can only surmount the hurdles that we experience through dialogue. my dear friend previously stated back in osaka at the summit the injustice orchestrated against turkey in terms of the acquisition of patriot missiles and we have clearly stated to president trump that under suitable circumstances we could acquire patriot missiles as well. as turkey we are ready and committed to sustain a very constructive dialogue with the united states congress and this
is an idea that i shared with president trump as well. so with these thoughts in mind, i pray our discussions and deliberations throughout the day with president trump will yield the most auspicious results. i would like to take this opportunity to thank president trump for the kind invitation and for being such gracious hosts throughout the day. on behalf of myself and my personal delegation, i would like to thank you. president trump: thank you very much, mr. president. i called up the senate and i asked a couple of our senators and we ended up with five and others wanting to come and we'll keep them apprised. but some of them joined us, they happen to be here, senator jim rich, ted cruz, lindsey graham, thank you, and rick scott, thank you, rick, very much, johni is hear, johnierness, someplace, these are people who want to see peace in the middle east.
i thought it would be appropriate for them to come over, they met with the president, we had a lot of very frank discussion. we're dealing with a very big subject, a complex subject, that's been going on for semplingries in many cases. we're making a lot of progress, tremendous progress in the middle east. couple of questions? ok. o ahead. >> first i'd like to start by getting your genre action to the happenings on the hill. do you feel the democrats made their case and how do you feel about the republican performance? president trump: are you talking about the witch hunt? i hear it's a jokism haven't watched, i haven't watched for one minute, because i've been with the president which is much more important as far as i'm concerned. this is a sham. shouldn't be allow. it was a situation that was caused by people that shouldn't have allowed it to happen. i want to find out who is the
whistle bler. because the whistle bler gave a lot of very incorrect information including my call with the president of ukraine which was a perfect call and highly appropriate. and he wrote something that was much different than the fact. i want to find out why the i.g., why would he have presented that when in fact all he had to do was check the call itself and he would have seen it. i'm going to be release, i think on thursday, a second call which actually was the first of the two. and you'll make a determination as to what you think there. but i've heard just a report they said it's all thirdhand information. nothing direct at all. can't be direct because i never said it. and all they have to do is look very, very simply at the transcript. if you read the transcript, this was analyzed by great lawyers. his was analyzed by greg jarrett, by mark levin, it was analyzed by everybody.
they said this statement that i made, the whole call that i made with the president of ukraine was a perfect one. so that this country gets put through that, that we have to wait this gentleman's time by even thinking about it, talking about it, i'd much rather focus on peace in the middle east. i hear that it's -- i hear that it's a hoax and it's being played as a hoax. that's what i hear. but you'll have to tell me. go ahead. >> if i may, on syria and peace in the middle east. president erdogan talked about repatriating syrian refugees back to their homeland have you had those discussions with european leaders? president trump: no i think europe should be paying for this to a large extent. as of this moment, turkey has been paying for most of it. i think the president was saying today they spent over $40 billion on the cost of that, $40 billion.
ow much? 40. that's what i said. whatever, he spent a lot. ok. throwing out all these different numbers. $40 billion correct? $40 billion. i've heard that number from others. that's a lot. europe has contributed about three. and a lot of these people would go all throughout europe and it would be a devastating situation for europe because he's got four million people. but he has a lot of kurds too they're helping and taking care of. so i have spoken to europe about it. i think they should help us with isis. many of them left france and left germany and left u.k. they left different countries. and these countries should help us. if they ever did get released which we won't be doing but if they did get released that's where they want to go, back to france and germany and all those other countries that are not helping us.
i gave them the option, would you like to have them back? and intelligently they said no thank you. but that's not right. it's not fair. and i can tell you also that turkey captured, when some escaped -- >> president trump's joint news conference continues on c-span3 and online at c-span.org. we go back to the house now gaveling in. clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 695. resolution providing for consideration of the bill, h.r. 4863, to promote the competitiveness of the united states, to reform and re-authorize the united states export finance agency, and for other purposes. and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the